|Alabama - made grocery products . . . except I think Georgia may have something to say|
about the packs of Coca-Cola!
Piggly Wiggly recently had an intriguing display of Alabama - made products. It's fun and sometimes surprising to see what is manufactured locally. I know I was surprised a few years ago when I discovered China Doll Rice products were manufactured right across the Bay in Saraland! Why did I think they were made in China? Ironic that American flags are made in China but China Doll Rice is made in Alabama. Touche'.
You may remember my previous story about how much I love Wickles, which are also made in Sweet Home Alabama. (Click here if you want to relive the joy).
Red Diamond Coffee and Tea is a favorite throughout the South.
And stand back - my all time favorite - Golden Flake Potato Chips. My dream is to visit the plant in Birmingham and load my car up with crunchy, salty chips. I would rather have one bag of Golden Flakes than twenty double fudge chocolate cakes!
And this is a new favorite of mine, Stone Hollow Creamery's Goat Cheese, made in Harpersville, Alabama. Alexandra Stone is the daughter in the family farm business and a student at Samford University. The beautiful goatherd handles all of the product design and public relations for the family's artisan creamery and farm. Click here to read an article from b-metro magazine, written by Tracy Robinson, about the talented young Alabamian.
I took home several of the state goodies, including a box of Whistle Stop Cafe Fried Green Tomato Batter Mix, which I'll tell you more about another time. For now, here's what I made with the chèvre from Stone Hollow:
Alabama Chèvre Pecan Spread
from: Fairhope Supply Co
Mix two 3oz packages of Stone Hollow Creamery Goat Cheese with half that amount of cream cheese. Stir in approximately 1/2c red seedless grapes which have been finely chopped. In a pan, melt 1/2 stick butter. Stir in 1/2c brown sugar. When dissolved, stir in 1c chopped pecans. Stir to coat. When cool, stir pecans into cheese mixture and refrigerate.
Serve with crackers or toast points. I used it to make goat cheese-pecan tea sandwiches.
|I cannot begin to tell you how good this was!|
And if you live in the South, you probably have your own pecan tree. If not, The Pig will have those too!
Bon Appetit, Y'all.